In 1996 the National Institute of Culture called Aypate the “archaeological capital of Piura”. At the site you can observe the archaeological characteristics typical of the Inca state, with its central plaza, meeting hall, ceremonial platforms, houses for chosen women, irrigation channels, fortified lookout and royal passageways. The city exercised control over the people of several neighboring river basins. This complex is surrounded by a cloud forest laden with orchids and bromeliads, birds, deer and other species. The site is a collection of widely dispersed buildings covering an area of approximately 2 km2, and displays a broad range of architectural and construction techniques.